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The M.G. Car Club 'Y' Register Spring Run 2009

May 9-10 2009

By Jerry Birkbeck
Photographs by Richard Knight

 

The Spring Run and Weekend was a great success. We had an excellent Dinner at the Plaisters Arms in Winchcombe attended by 35 owners, partners and a couple of interlopers!

 

The guests were introduced to our new Chairman Peter Vielvoye who made a short speech on his inaugural event!

 

The Sunday event was blessed with a warm and dry ( 2 events in a row!!) day and Y's started turning up from around 9.30 onwards and when Jo and I arrived at just after 10.00 the reserved area was virtually full. The whole car park was heaving as families turned up for the day and visit Cheltenham Racecourse by steam.

 

25 Ys (10 YAs, 3 YTs and 12 YBs) attended from as far afield as Lancashire, Yorkshire, Devon, Hampshire, Surrey and London. We also had a number of early and late MG's that included a PA, TA, TC, TD and TF together with a 1933(?) Austin Harley (all the way from the Isle of Wight. Making a total of 31 cars.

 

Sadly Murray and Christine Grainger's YA broke down with regulator problems and had to return to London. They joined us on Saturday in their MGF.

 

Neil Cairn's was let down by Brown and Gammons, who hadn't completed the respray of his YB in time... end of May now.

 

Raymond Savage's YA was enjoying its first run having been flooded up to the door panels during severe weather in Devon last year and then subsequently restored.

 

Unfortunately Alan Chick and Mary couldn't make it as Alan was recovering from a detached retina and they were sadly missed. Whilst Andrew and Kathrine Morland (YT and YB owners) had other commitments around an engine rebuild to a P(?) Type.

 

The run of 35 miles was completed without any mishaps and though some cars had to make they way home fairly early the outcome of the self -judging competition was:

  • YA: The NTG Cup - Tim Griggs in beautiful 1951 model UMG 366

  • YT: Mike and Sue Silk in IR 4304 Chassis No YT/EXR/2744

  • YB: The Bill Atkinson Cup - Keith and Rita Herkes excellent 1952 example KAX 872

  • Dennis Doubtfire Piston Broke Award - Neil Cairns for the non-appearance of his YB (thanks to B and G!)

 

A thoroughly weekend with some great people and amongst some wonderful cars and beautiful steam engines.

 

To enlarge the pictures, double click on them.

Photographs by Richard Knight

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Roger Clements YB

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Ted Gardner YB

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Bob Everett Y

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Suzanne Gibbs Y

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Peter Vielvoye YT

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Peter Arnell YB

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Jack Murray Y

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Tim Griggs Y

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Raymond Savage Y

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Roy Clapham Y

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Keith Herkes YB

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Paul Thompson YB

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Francis Smith Y

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Glenn Whitehead YT

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Andrew Coulson Y

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Alan Pratt YB

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Paul Gresser YB

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Derek Moore YB

The Line Up

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On the run with my uncle Ronnie Patmore

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Award photographs by Keith Herkes

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YA: The NTG Cup - Tim Griggsin beautiful 1951 model UMG 366

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YT: Mike and Sue Silk in IR 4304 Chassis No YT/EXR/2744

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YB: The Bill Atkinson Cup - Keith and Rita Herkes excellent 1952 example KAX 872

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Dennis Doubtfire Piston Broke Award - Neil Cairns for the non-appearance of his YB